What to Feed a Pet Hamster

Have you recently decided to bring a pet hamster into your household? Hamsters are very fun and cute little animals, and are especially popular as children’s’ pets. Like any other animal, hamsters need a proper habitat, good diet, and stimulation to be happy and healthy. In this article, your local Indianapolis vet goes over some basics of hamster nutrition.

Basic Menu

In the wild, Hammie would live on plants, seeds, and insects. Today, many pet food companies make basic pellet foods which provide complete and proper nutrition. Pellets are a good choice for your little furball’s basic menu. You’ll also find seed mixes available for hamsters. These are also acceptable, though they aren’t quite as good as pellet foods, because they allow hamsters to pick out their favorite bits.

Fruits and Veggies

There are many different types of fruits and veggies which your pet hamster can enjoy. Grapes, melons, apples, and bananas are some of the fruits Hammie can eat. As for vegetables, you can give the little one small pieces of kale, peas, corn, celery, broccoli, and bean sprouts, to name a few. Always wash fruits and veggies very carefully before feeding them to your pet, to be sure there are no pesticide residues on them. Also, always research new foods before giving them to Hammie, just to be sure they are safe for him.


It’s probably safe to say that, with the possible exception of some reptiles, all animals love treats. Hammie certainly does! For a special snack, you can give your pet hamster biscuits, carrot cake, raisins, or small pieces of unsweetened cereal. Nuts are also a big hit with hamsters. Your furry little buddy can enjoy hazelnuts, cashews, pecans, walnuts, and Brazil nuts. Just make sure they are unsalted. Hamsters can occasionally have protein-rich snacks, such as cooked chicken or turkey; crickets or mealworms; canned dog food; and boiled or scrambled eggs. You can also give your tiny pet small morsels of cheese every now and then. Mixed birdseed is another treat your little buddy may like.

When feeding your hamster, make sure to remove any uneaten bits of food from his cage within an hour or two, so they don’t rot.

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